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This collaborative and interdisciplinary
workshop brought together Canadian experts (historians, writers, literary
critics, curators, environmental consultants, and visual artists) in the
production and interpretation of text and visual imagery to better understand
how such media enable us to know and then act on behalf of places in more
sustainable and ethical ways. The places in question are Western Canadian
places, including desert, prairie, mountain, and coastal environments.
Citation: Nancy Holmes “Sustaining Collaboration: The Woodhaven Eco Art
Project” Cross-Pollination: Seeding New Ground for Environmental Thought and
Activism across the Arts and Humanities. 25 March 2011.
Bio: Holmes is an Associate Professor, Department of Creative Studies,
University of British Columbia Okanagan
Abstract: Holmes discusses the Woodhaven Eco Art Project, a community-based,
multi-disciplinary collaboration of artists, students and fine arts faculty
members. Over 50 people created work over an eight month period in 2010 in a
nature preserve in the Central Okanagannin British Columbia. A film, a
catalogue and a website showcase the art that was produced. Holmes talks about
the art and the issues that arose out of this collaboration, issues around
artistic agency and the use of community-based and artist-based practice to
develop a new level of attention, knowledge, and stewardship about the
conservation of unique landscapes and ecosystems in an ecologically troubled
and development-threatened region of Canada.